Global Journal of Technology and Optimization

ISSN: 2229-8711

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A Journey to the Stars: Space Propulsion Brought About by Astrophysical Phenomena Such as Accretion Disk and Astrophysical Jet


Yoshinari Minami

At the present stage of space propulsion technology, the only practical propulsion system is chemical propulsion system and electric propulsion system, which are based on expulsion of a mass to induce a momentum thrust. Since the maximum speed is limited by the product of the gas effective exhaust velocity and the natural logarithm of mass ratio, its speed is too slow for the spaceship to achieve the interplanetary travel and interstellar travel. Thus the breakthrough of propulsion method has been required until now. Field propulsion systems, which are based on the General Relativity Theory, the Quantum Field Theory and other exotic theories, have been proposed to overcome the speed limit of the conventional space rocket, instead of conventional chemical propulsion systems.


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